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ETA News Release: [03/25/2010]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0353-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 14,000 workers in 20 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 14,000 workers from companies in 20 states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

“Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking aggressive steps to help displaced workers gain access to the types of job training and placement services that will lead them to permanent good jobs in local industries,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Workers covered by these latest TAA certifications will be contacted by their respective states with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services. Those who apply may receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training. Some workers may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

“President Obama and this entire administration are committed to a coordinated federal response that will soften the blow of the current downturn and speed the economic recovery for communities across the country affected by auto industry restructuring and other mass industrial layoffs,” said Dr. Ed Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. “Trade Adjustment Assistance is just one tool the federal government is using to help American workers during these tough times. Today’s TAA certifications can provide thousands of workers and their families in auto communities nationwide with much needed income support, access to health care, job training and other assistance as they transition to new jobs in other sectors of the economy.”

Workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance. If a worker obtains new employment at wages less than $55,000 and less than those earned in adversely affected employment, the RTAA program will pay 50 percent of the difference between the old wage and the new wage, up to $12,000 over a two-year period. RTAA participants may also be eligible for retraining and the HCTC.

For more information on Trade Adjustment Assistance and the range of Department of Labor employment and training services, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

Editor's Note: A chart reflecting companies covered by these certifications follows this news release.


TAA Certifications

Company Name

City

State

Continental Automotive Systems US

Huntsville 

Ala. 

California State Automobile Association Inter-Insurance Bureau

Glendale 

Ariz. 

Amtex Inc.

Manteca 

Calif.

Arvin Sango Inc.

Merced 

Calif.

Cardinal Health

Ontario 

Calif.

Neenah Paper FR LLC

Ripon 

Calif.

Micro Motion Inc.

Boulder 

Colo.

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Farmington 

Conn.

International Business Machines Corp.

Southbury

Conn.

Syncreon USA

Belvidere 

Ill.

AT&T Services Inc.

Hoffman Estates 

Ill.

Circuit City Stores Inc.

Marion 

Ill.

TI Automotive

Ossian 

Ind. 

Premium Allied Tool Inc.

Owensboro 

Ky. 

Chrysler Group LLC

Auburn Hills 

Mich.

American Axle and Manufacturing Inc.

Detroit 

Mich.

General Motors Corp.

Grand Rapids 

Mich.

General Motors Co.

Lake Orion 

Mich.

Quality Metalcraft Inc.

Livonia 

Mich.

Chrysler Group LLC

Warren 

Mich.

Wilson Tool International

White Bear Lake 

Minn.

Montana Tunnels Mining Inc.

Jefferson City 

Mont. 

MKS Instruments

Rochester 

N.Y. 

Volvo Construction Equipment North America Inc.

Arden 

N.C. 

Rexam Closure System Inc.

Hamlet 

N.C. 

Domtar Paper Co.

Plymouth 

N.C. 

The Mitchell Gold Co.

Taylorsville 

N.C. 

LA-Z-Boy Casegoods Inc.- LEA

Wilkesboro 

N.C. 

Nobel Automotive Ohio LLC

Archbold 

Ohio

Pomeroy IT Solutions

Cincinnati 

Ohio

Sanoh America Inc.

Findlay 

Ohio

Republic Engineering Products Inc.

Lorain 

Ohio

General Motors Co.

Mansfield 

Ohio

Colfer Manufacturing Inc.

Minerva 

Ohio

Noble Metal Processing Ohio

Stow 

Ohio

Intel Corp.

Hillsboro 

Ore.

Charming Shoppes of Delaware Inc.

Bensalem 

Pa.

St. Marys Carbon Co.

Brookville 

Pa. 

Protective Industries Inc.

Erie 

Pa. 

Anvil International Inc.

Greencastle 

Pa. 

Latrobe Specialty Steel

Latrobe 

Pa. 

Ideal Tool and Plastics

Meadville 

Pa. 

Arcelormittal Monessen LLC

Monessen 

Pa. 

Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors LLC

Anderson

S.C.

Sanford Brands

Shelbyville 

Tenn.

Premier Manufacturing Support Services Inc.

Spring Hill 

Tenn.

U.S. Steel Tubular Products Inc.

Bellville 

Texas

Fortis Plastics LLC

Brownsville 

Texas

International Business Machines Corp.

Farmers Branch 

Texas

Celanese Corp.

Pampa 

Texas

On Target Xpress

Spokane 

Wash.